Get an Inside Look at the Unusual Work Style of NieR: Automata Director Yoko Taro

April 2, 2017 Written by Zarmena Khan

Our friends over at Toco Toco TV have shared an interesting video with us that gives us an inside look at NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro’s life and unique work style. For those who aren’t aware of Toco Toco TV, it’s a channel that follows Japanese artists and creators who introduce us to places in Japan that inspire them alongside giving us a glimpse into their lives and work.

This particular episode takes you to Platinum Games’ office. Here’s an overview of what to expect from the brief feature (English subtitles available):

Yoko will introduce us to his rather peculiar work style, before taking us to Shinsaibashi at THE SILVER BALL PLANET, an arcade specialized in vintage pinball machines. He will share with us his fascination for pinball and the little universes contained within each machine. We will then continue our conversation at his apartment where he will tell us more about his philosophy and his work.

After dusk, we will head with Yoko to Osaka’s dynamic Dotombori area for drinks with the producer Yosuke Saito and Takahisa Taura, who worked as a game designer and had a key role on NieR: Automata according to Yoko; the three of them will recall fun stories from the development of the game.

Let us know what you think!